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How to Add a User to Local Administrator Group

After create server user account in Windows server 2012 (R2), how to add the user to local administrator group to grant it administrator privileges? This passage will tell you two easy ways to achieve this goal.

The following ways are introduced using server 2012 (R2) computer, but also apply to Windows 7 and Windows server 2008 (R2).

  1. Add user to local administrator group via computer management
  2. Add user to local administrator group via net user command

1. Add user to local administrator group via computer management

Step 1: Press Win +X to open Computer Management

Step 2: In the console tree, click Groups.
Computer Management\System Tools\Local Users and Groups\Groups

Step 3: Right-click the group to which you want to add a member, click Add to Group, and then click Add.

add user to group in computer management

Step 4: In the Select Users (Computers, or Groups) dialog box, do the following:

select user to add to group

2. Add user to local administrator group via net user command

Login into Windows server 2012 (r2) with administrator, and go to do:

Step 1: Press Win + X to run Command Prompt (Admin).
In other Windows operational systems, you may have to click "Start", type "cmd" and press Enter to run command prompt.

Step 2: Type "net user" command to see what the user accounts are on Windows server 2012 (R2).

add user to local administrator group with command

Step 3: Type the following command to add user account "genius" to local administrators group. And press Enter to complete this command.
net localgroup administrators genius /add

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